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Devil Mountain Ultra 50/50

50mile & 50k Ultras

+ Demons of Dust 5k, 10k

& 1/2 marathon (trails)

Join us for "One hell of a run!" — August 22nd, 2015

**This is a Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Event

6:30am : 50k and 50mile

8am : 1/2 marathon

8am : 10k and 5k

830am: Kids free fun trail run

This remote and legendary classic Ultra brings runners together for two days in the pristine forest of the South San Juan Mountains around Pagosa Springs. 7,500’ of climbing, 10,000’ of elevation, bonfire party at the finish line and pancake awards breakfast combine to make this an authentic mountain ultra. With the Demons of Dust distances of 5k, 10k and half marathon, this event is now accessible to all runner abilities. Big climbs, high elevations, mountain vistas and plenty of single track through some of the region’s most spectacular wooded trail.

The ultra off-road course visits several mountain areas to the west of Turkey Springs, Chris Mountain, Middle Mountain, Horse Mountain and Devil Mountain. The terrain is nothing short of spectacular. Run it if you can! Incredible views, single-track and changing fall colors.

We added a 5k and 10k in 2013 to start at 8am, the 1/2 marathon will now start at 8am as well, all in the Demons of Dust race. We'd love to see more locals be part of the event and also partner of ultra runners fill there morning with a great (shorter run) in the scenic Turkey Springs area.

50k and 50 mile aid stations are fully stocked and located every six miles or so, but we recommend that you run with a water bottle or camelback! It is dry here and can be warm. 50 mile runners: The section from the 50/50 split, aid station #4 at mile 23.5 to aid station #5 at mile 31.9 is remote, rugged and 8 miles long! Carry two bottles at least and or a full camelback. This section is extremely beautiful and extremely remote.... You will most likely be alone for very long stretches and should plan accordingly.

Change to cut off times in 2014 - more lenient

With the race date changing to late August in 2014 and with collaboration with EMS we have been able to review the cut off times to make them much more lenient then previous to 2014, allowing more runners to finish the 50 miler. Thank you for your feedback.

Event highlights:

  • Spectacular course run through rarely visited forests.
  • Breathtaking views.
  • Elevation gains 2,200 for the 1/2 more that 5,000' of the 50k and more than 8,300' for the 50 mile.
  • Fresh brewed coffee at the start of the 50/50 - thanks Higher Grounds Coffee
  • A course comprised of more than 80% single track.
  • Famous "GECKO" awards handmade by local students.
  • Awesome SWAG, food and festivities.
  • DSP and Pagosa Baking Company goods at the finish line.
  • Bonfire and SMORS.
  • Pancake breakfast Awards presentation on Sunday.
Course Maps as at 22nd August 2014, subject to change weather dependent:
GECKO operates under a special use permit with the San Juan National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

Pay it forward with GECKO

Do you know that every time you race with us you Pay it Forward?! The money you spent to race goes to a GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) scholarship fund and outdoor programs that gets kids unplugged, off the couch and outside!

Saturday’s Schedule Summary – all distances start and finish in the same place

530am Mandatory check in of all ultra runners, and drop bags station

615am Race Briefing

630am Devil Mountain Ultra (50/50)

8am Demons of Dust Half Marathon, 5k and 10k (on the day registration is from 645am)

830am Kids Free Fun Run

Corporate Sponsors

Nols - National Outdoor Leadership Society Road Runners Club of America A&L Coors Children and Nature The Hub